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Colon Cancer Survivor to Speak at Public Event on October 20

By Stephanie Levin, UCSF News Services | October 5, 2005

Author Curtis Pesmen will discuss his personal experience in surviving colon cancer at a community education event Thursday, October 20, at the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The event is designed to empower and motivate those coping with the diagnosis of cancer, provide insight on how to navigate the fast-moving research and treatment landscape, and provide information about treatment options and the latest treatment advancements.

Alan Venook, MD, professor of hematology-oncology at UCSF Medical Center, will join Pesmen in hosting the educational program and discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. It is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in Herbst Hall, 1600 Divisadero, at UCSF Mount Zion in San Francisco.

Pesmen is the author of How a Man Ages and the recently published The Colon Cancer Survivors' Guide, which draws on his own compelling and inspirational experience of surviving the disease. He underwent a screening colonoscopy in 1997 that was negative but four years ago received a diagnosis of stage 3 colorectal cancer.

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